CEO Ipek says trustees don’t have right to interfere in broadcasts

Melek ipek, the mother of Koza ipek Holding CEO Akin ipek, said on Wednesday that she would leave the country out of shame if her son had been involved in any act of corruption or wrongdoing.
ipek spoke to reporters as she arrived at the ipek Media Group building in Ankara in the aftermath of a controversial decision by an Ankara court on Monday to appoint trustees to the management of Koza ipek Holding, which owns the media group.
Police raided the groupand’s media building in Istanbul early on Wednesday and cut the broadcasts of the TV channels of the group.
andquotIf someone had told me that my son had taken a tender and taken this [amount of money unlawfully] for himself, then I would leave my homeland,andquot ipek told reporters.
Koza ipek Holding has been selected as a target by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after a massive corruption scandal went public on Dec. 17, 2013, implicating then-government members, including four former ministers and then-Prime Minister Erdoganand’s close circle. Erdogan vowed to carry out a witch hunt against all dissenters including media groups, businesspeople and civil society groups.
Melek ipek said she does not view the AK Party government as an enemy and calls on them to open up a page of apology so that they can reconcile with all the groups in the society they have unjustly targeted.
When asked about reports suggesting that the AK Party-run Ankara Municipality was seeking to a demolish a wall of Melek ipekand’s house in Ankara, ipek confirmed the reports and said although the wall had been built with the approval of the municipality, it is now seeking to demolish it.
Melek ipek also expressed gratitude to everyone who has given their support to the company during this difficult time.